Advising Meeting

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017  at
12:00 noon

CWEB 1 bldg. Jubilee Room -  SEE MAP

RSVP 1 week in advance to Lillie Johnson 251-415-1492



Dr. David Gremse, Chair
USA Springhill, Room 5309, 251-434-3919


Faculty Advisors to Senior Students:

Dr. Kari Bradham

Dr. LaDonna Crews

Dr. Benjamin Estrada       

Dr. Sophia Goslings

Dr. David Gremse

Dr. A. Kaulfers 

Dr. Franklin Trimm   

Informal Description of the Clinical Discipline

The specialty of Pediatrics combines the intellectual challenge of the practice of medicine and the satisfaction of helping the children develop to their full potential through preventive medicine and the guidance of families in child growth and development.  When pediatrics first emerged as a clinical discipline, children died from a wide variety of causes, most of which have now been brought under control.  Today, the largest killer of children from birth through fourteen years of age is accidents.  Birth defects, metabolic-endocrine disease, hereditary diseases, oncology and chronic diseases have assumed a much greater proportion of the pediatrician's or pediatric subspecialist's time.  The changes in the threats posed to children have dictated  changes in the way health care is taught and practiced.

A  recent survey of pediatricians conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed an increase in the frequency of patient visits involving school health problems, behavioral difficulties and psychosocial counseling as well as the diseases historically associated with the practice of pediatrics. Pediatricians play a vital role in assisting families who care for their children special needs children. Through their contributions toward healthy outcomes for children, pediatrics foster optimal early brain development and address mental health needs for children.

Contemporary pediatrics also places increased emphasis on preventive medicine.  It views child health care as a continuing process, not as a series of acts or examinations performed at prescribed intervals.  It demands increased involvement by health professionals in all aspects of child health.

General pediatric training offers a very broad based training that can lead to the practice of general pediatrics in an urban or rural setting or it can prepare the physician for training in one of the many pediatric subspecialties that include:  adolescent medicine, allergy and immunology, cardiology, child abuse pediatrics, critical care, developmental-behavioral pediatrics, emergency medicine, endocrinology and metabolism, gastroenterology, genetics, hematology and oncology, hospital medicine, infectious diseases, medical informatics, nephrology, neonatology, neurology, pulmonology, psychiatry, and rheumatology.  Opportunities as practitioners or academicians in all these fields are varied and plentiful.


This is an exciting time.  The demands and the challenges are great.  But the potential rewards, both for children and for the child health professional, are even greater. The opportunity to be an integral part of the lives of children and their families and contributing to the optimal health and development of children provides a very high level of professional satisfaction. The life of a pediatrician is also consistent with a full and meaningful personal life, as pediatricians report among the highest job satisfaction ratings of all medical specialists.

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